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The Virgin Queen (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 22 July 1955 (USA)
Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) overcomes court intrigue to win favor with Queen Elizabeth I (Bette Davis) in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.

Director:

Henry Koster
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Queen Elizabeth I
Richard Todd ... Sir Walter Raleigh
Joan Collins ... Beth Throgmorton
Jay Robinson ... Chadwick
Herbert Marshall ... Lord Leicester (Robert Dudley)
Dan O'Herlihy ... Lord Derry
Robert Douglas ... Sir Christopher Hatton
Romney Brent ... French Ambassador
Leslie Parrish ... Anne (as Marjorie Hellen)
Lisa Daniels ... Mary
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Storyline

Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) gains an audience with Queen Elizabeth I (Bette Davis) and soon wins her over to his way of thinking. He wants ships to sail and make a name for England. A young ward of the court, Beth Throgmorton (Dame Joan Collins), is strongly attracted to Raleigh and returns the attraction. But soon the Queen shows her desires and he bends in order to achieve his goal of ships. But still, he loves Beth. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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CinemaScope spectacularly spreads before you the velvet cape and violent age of Sir Walter Raleigh and The Virgin Queen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sir Walter Raleigh See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| Stereo (Western Electric Recording)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The second time that Bette Davis portrayed English monarch Queen Elizabeth I. The first being The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). See more »

Goofs

At the concluding scene of the movie, Queen Elizabeth looks through her window with a telescope, an invention of 1608, five years after her death in 1603. See more »

Quotes

Queen Elizabeth I: There can be no funeral without a corpse.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In 1581 all the roads of England led to London -- for better or worse. See more »

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Chewing the scenery with undistinguished relish
8 August 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A belated follow-up to the similar PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, this sees Bette Davis once more donning the oddly-shaped wig in order to play Elizabeth I, this time at a later stage in her life. THE VIRGIN QUEEN explores Elizabeth's relationship with charming courtier Walter Raleigh, here desperately trying to finance an expedition to the New World.

All of the elements for a fun, non-stuffy costume romp are here: splendid and picturesque locales, colourful costumes, heads on the block, and all manner of court intrigue. Enjoyment of the story is increased with some expertly-staged sword fights alongside the presence of British actor Richard Todd as Raleigh; he certainly cuts a fine swathe through the story as the dashing adventurer and makes the film his own.

Davis remains delightfully waspish, frequently chewing the scenery with an undisguised relish when she can get away with it. An impossibly young Joan Collins plays Mistress Throgmorton, recipient of Raleigh's affections outside of the queen, making for one of the most bizarre love triangles put on film. History buffs will be in their element.


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